Flee or die: the cruel choice in jihad-hit Burkina Faso | AFP

Djibo, a dusty town in northern Burkina Faso, has become a byword for suffering in this impoverished country’s seven-year-old struggle with jihadism, which has forced an estimated 300,000 people to flee their homes. Among them is Boureima, head of a family of 43 people — seven men, 13 women and 23 children. They abandoned their village of Gassalpalik, 70 kilometres (44 miles) from Djibo, eventually washing up in Yagma, a village about 30 kms north of the capital Ouagadougou.

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Freed French hostages pay homage to soldiers killed in rescue

One of the two former French hostages released in northern Burkina Faso, Laurent Lassimouillas, pays tribute to the French soldiers killed in a rescue operation at the Presidential Palace of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou.

Freed French hostage pays homage to soldiers killed in action

One of the two former French hostages released in northern Burkina Faso, Laurent Lassimouillas, pays tribute to the French soldiers killed in a rescue operation at the Presidential Palace of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou. SOUNDBITE *BETTER QUALITY TO FOLLOW*

Angela Merkel begins tour of Sahel region in Burkina Faso

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is greeted by Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré in Ouagadougou. She is at the start of a tour of the Sahel region that will see her pass through Niger and Mali. IMAGES

Sacred snappers: The village where crocodiles are welcome

Crocodiles may be one of the deadliest hunters in the animal kingdom, but in a small village in Burkina Faso it is not unusual to see someone sitting atop one of the fearsome reptiles. People in Bazoule, around 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the capital Ouagadougou, share their pond with more than 100 of the razor-toothed creatures.

Residents react to Friday’s twin attacks in Ouagadougou

Residents of Ouagadougou say they fear fresh attacks, after the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM), a jihadist group allied to al-Qaeda, on Saturday claimed responsibility for attacking the Burkinabe capital. Eight armed forces personnel were killed in the fighting in the West African nation on Friday, which was said to have been carried out in retaliation for a French operation in Mali.

Photos of security personnel responding to Burkina Faso attack

Six people were killed in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou on Friday when they attacked the French embassy and the country’s military headquarters, the government said, adding that members of the security forces had also been wounded. PHOTOS of authorities responding to attack

Macron arrives in Burkina Faso, hours after grenade attack

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Ouagadougou on Monday for the start of a three-day trip of western Africa aimed at boosting France’s regional influence. Welcomed by his Burkinabe counterpart Roch Marc Christian Kabore, Macron’s visit was marred by an attempted attack on French troops in the capital just hours before he touched down. IMAGES

Revolution in Burkina Faso: The Fall of Compaoré

In late October, the landlocked African nation of Burkina Faso saw the end of its president’s 27-year-long reign. A popular revolution terminated Blaise Compaoré’s term after he tried to change the constitution so that he could run for a fifth consecutive term.

Cornered by an angry mob in his presidential palace, “Beau Blaise” fled the country along with his entourage as protesters torched the National Assembly and other symbols of the old regime.

Now in exile, Compaoré is rumored to be living in luxury on the Ivory Coast. In Burkina Faso, a new transitional government has emerged, led by President Michel Kafando and his prime minister, Lieutenant-Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida.

VICE News went to the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital of Ouagadougou in the midst of the revolution to document the final hours of Compaoré’s reign.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – October 29, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: protest in Burkina Faso against parliamentary vote to extend term limits of the presidency, Israeli polygamist cult leader convicted of sex crimes sentenced to 30 years, Mexican man hiding out in Denver church to avoid deportation, and Australian government urged to do far more to save the Great Barrier Reef.

BURKINA FASO
Protest Against Extension of Longtime President’s Term
Police fired tear gas at crowds in Ouagadougou as thousands gathered to say 27 years is enough for President Blaise Compaore.

ISRAEL
Polygamist Cult Leader Jailed for 30 Years for Sex Crimes
Goel Ratzon was convicted of aggravated rape, sodomy and other crimes against six of his 21 wives and 38 children.

U.S.A.
Mexican National Staying in Denver Church to Avoid Deportation
Immigration officials don’t pursue people who are in ‘sensitive’ places such as churches and schools unless they’ve committed serious crimes.

AUSTRALIA
Group Says Plan to Save Great Barrier Reef Falls Short
The Academy of Science is urging the government to take bolder action to preserve the reef, which has lost more than half its coral since 1985.

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